OSFC shortlisted for Educate North Awards

27th February 2020 by OSFC. Comments (0)

We are delighted that Oldham Sixth Form College has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Educate North Awards, which are designed to celebrate the very finest work in higher and further education.  Jayne Clarke, our Executive Principal, has been shortlisted for the UK Leadership Award and our Essential Life Skills work has been shortlisted in the Community Engagement Award category.

Jayne’s shortlisting relates, specifically, to her outstanding leadership in 2019, but she has been our leader at OSFC for 10 years. In 2019, Jayne led Oldham Sixth Form College to record pass rates at both AS Level and A Level and the highest ever number of students in the college’s 27-year history progressing to university. She also oversaw the successful transfer of Werneth Primary School into our Trust (The Pinnacle Learning Trust), in February 2019, and the bid that led to OSFC being awarded Associate Research School Status in July 2019. Outside of the college and the Trust, she plays an important role in the Oldham Education Improvement Strategy Group and works in partnership with a range of local Teaching Schools, underlining Jayne’s commitment to sharing best teaching and learning practice locally and further afield. During the same period, she has completed the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) which she successfully achieved at the end of the year, in December 2019, rounding off what was a fantastic year for Oldham Sixth Form College, The Pinnacle Learning Trust, and for Jayne herself.  She is a very worthy name on the shortlist for the UK Leadership Award!

Our shortlisting for the Community Engagement Award is a result of the excellent work that the college has done as part of the Oldham Opportunity Area to promote the key priority that ‘all children and young people in Oldham are ready for life, learning and work’. We have done this through building strong external links with important local figures and groups such as the Oldham Foodbank, A Bed Every Night, Healthy Young Minds, local LGBT+ groups and the Oldham Council as well as local and national figures such as Poet Laureates past and present Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Cabinet Minister James Cleverley and former Cabinet Minister Edwina Currie, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner. This has enabled us to promote our students’ confidence, creativity, resilience, respect and tolerance, political and cultural awareness and neighbourliness, enabling them to develop a greater community spirit.

There have been many positive outcomes of the project so far, not least almost £2,500 raised for the Bed Every Night and Oldham Foodbank charities, 91 students achieving an AQA accredited award in Equality and Diversity and the college recently being invited to the prestigious Holocaust Memorial commemoration on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Manchester Hall as well as hundreds of students being involved in the high impact events. We have also involved local secondary schools in a number of the initiatives, such as meeting the Poets Laureates.

Oldham Sixth Form College is dedicated to ensuring that its’ students lead purposeful and successful lives. This project has given us a real impetus to help us achieve our mission. It has allowed the college to be more outward facing and build strong relationships with local and national groups and individuals which have helped to enhance the lives and life chances of our students.

The college’s Essential Life Skills project is managed by former student Rosie McLaren who is also a Progress Tutor at the College.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 23rd April.

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